Austrians Gregor Mühlberger and Patrick Konrad (both Team Bora) also dominated the final day of the Sibiu bike tour. Mühlberger initially took the overall lead from his compatriot in the mountain individual time trial (12.5 km) with superior best time. Konrad came third behind the Swiss Matteo Badilatti (Israel start-up).
On the second Sunday section (109 km) without any notable gradients, the red-white-red duo successfully defended their top position and clinched a one-two. The last section in the mass sprint went to another Bora driver like Pascal Ackermann on Saturday with the flat stage. In the final ranking, the 26-year-old Mühlberger from Lower Austria, who won the queen stage ahead of Konrad on Friday, was 1:01 minutes ahead of his team-mate. Badelatti was clearly third behind Konrad overall.
Overall winner Mühlberger spoke of a great week in Romania for the entire team. “I am happy that my legs were just as good after the long break from racing. I had a really good feeling, especially in the time trial today. I think we are ready for the tasks ahead, ”said Mühlberger.
Mühlberger wins Sibiu tour
Gregor Mühlberger intercepted his Bora team-mate Patrick Konrad on the two final stages of the Sibiu tour in Romania. The Lower Austrian wins the first big professional event after the corona virus break.
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The second-placed Konrad was generally satisfied with how the week went for him. “I didn’t feel as comfortable in the time trial today as I did on the mountain stage, but that’s okay, it’s early in our new season. Congratulations to Gregor, he was really impressive today. Now we can celebrate a whole bunch of victories and leadership jerseys, ”said Konrad, whose climax with the Giro d’Italia does not follow until October.
The German Bora racing team was, alongside Israel Start-up with Matthias Brändle, the only first division team to start the race in Romania, which was otherwise not on the calendar for the top teams. This time they contested one of the first competitions after the international corona virus break but to warm up for the next week with the Strade Bianche (August 1st) World Tour. As with the Sibiu Tour, there are strict safety and hygiene rules such as previous corona virus tests and a lack of spectators in the start and finish areas.